calenture


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cal·en·ture

 (kăl′ən-cho͝or′)
n.
A tropical fever once believed to be caused by the heat.

[Spanish calentura, from calentar, to heat, from Latin calēns, calent-, present participle of calēre, to be warm; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]

calenture

(ˈkælənˌtjʊə)
n
(Pathology) a mild fever of tropical climates, similar in its symptoms to sunstroke
[C16: from Spanish calentura fever, ultimately from Latin calēre to be warm]

cal•en•ture

(ˈkæl ən tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

n.
a violent fever with delirium, affecting persons in the tropics.
[1585–95; earlier calentura < Sp: fever]

calenture

a tropical f ever accompanied by delirium.
See also: Disease and Illness
References in classic literature ?
THE dairy was certainly worth looking at: it was a scene to sicken for with a sort of calenture in hot and dusty streets--such coolness, such purity, such fresh fragrance of new-pressed cheese, of firm butter, of wooden vessels perpetually bathed in pure water; such soft colouring of red earthenware and creamy surfaces, brown wood and polished tin, grey limestone and rich orange-red rust on the iron weights and hooks and hinges.
A mild fit of calenture seizes him, in which he deems that the ground so far below, is on a level with the tower, and would as lief walk off the tower into the air as not.
Yet even in this voyage I had my misfortunes too; particularly, that I was continually sick, being thrown into a violent calenture by the excessive heat of the climate; our principal trading being upon the coast, from latitude of 15 degrees north even to the line itself.
And then the mill, and the river, and Yap pricking up his ears, ready to obey the least sign when Tom said, "Hoigh!" would all come before him in a sort of calenture, when his fingers played absently in his pocket with his great knife and his coil of whipcord, and other relics of the past.